Industrial/workplace relations, collective bargaining, works councils

Australia: New enterprise, existing employees: the High Court says Yes

The High Court has confirmed that an enterprise agreement for a new enterprise can be made with existing employees who have agreed to work, but are not at that time actually working, as employees in the new enterprise. The High … Continue reading

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Australia: Employers get the good oil on strikes and coercion

In Esso Australia Pty Ltd v The Australian Workers Unions [2017] HCA 54, the High Court of Australia held that: Where a person contravenes an order in relation to an enterprise agreement or matter arising from bargaining, that person remains … Continue reading

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Australia: South Australia Labour Hire Licensing Bill Passes

The Labour Hire Licensing Bill 2017 (SA) (the SA Bill) was passed on 29 November 2017 by the Legislative Council of the South Australian Parliament and the licensing scheme is set to commence on 1 March 2018. Labour hire service … Continue reading

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Australia: Latest data on enterprise bargaining wages trends – June 2017 Quarter

The ‘Trends in Federal Enterprise Bargaining’ report for April-June 2017 was released by the Department of Employment on Friday. This data is a valuable tool for benchmarking during any enterprise agreement negotiations you have coming up.

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UK: Corporate governance – Government response to consultations on reform proposals

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has published its response paper on UK corporate governance reform, following on from the green paper which it published in November 2016.

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France: The Loi Travail – Briefing 2

This briefing summarises the Macron reforms to consolidate works councils and other employee representative bodies, through the ordonnance on “the new organisation of social and economic dialogue and encouraging the exercise and importance of trade union responsibilities”.

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France: The Loi Travail – Introduction

One of Emmanuel Macron’s key campaign promises was the reform of laws relating to employees partly, in order to help French companies respond in a more flexible manner to the challenges they are facing to become more competitive in the … Continue reading

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Filed under Industrial/workplace relations, collective bargaining, works councils, Jurisdiction: France, Redundancy, Working hours (including holiday, sick leave, overtime, rest breaks), Workplace flexibility and family-friendly rights

Australia: Queensland Labour Hire Licensing Bill passes

The Labour Hire Licensing Bill 2017 was passed late on 7 September by the Queensland Parliament, with the legislation set to commence in the first half of 2018 (though a formal commencement date is yet to be proclaimed). A brief … Continue reading

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UK: Government sets out corporate governance reforms

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has published its response paper on UK corporate governance reform. The response paper follows the green paper which it published in November 2016 seeking views on reform measures.

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Australia: Federal Court clarifies right of entry to hold discussions

The Federal Court has clarified that a right of entry to hold discussions with relevant employees under section 484 of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act) cannot be exercised before or after those employees’ scheduled working hours.1

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